Reform Watch

Most of our lawsuits end with settlement agreements and a mandate for massive reform. Children’s Rights, along with independent monitors, ensures the reform goals won on behalf of children and families are met.

Connecticut continued to place fewer young children in institutions and group homes. Between May 2013 and August 2014, the state reduced the number of children 12 and under living in congregate care settings by nearly 30 percent.

Michigan rolled out a new statewide child welfare data system that stands to greatly increase transparency and provide better outcomes for children. In addition, the state recently ensured that 99 percent of child welfare caseworkers were completing their in-service training requirements.

Atlanta is now doing a better job of keeping children with the same case managers, with DeKalb and Fulton Counties hitting the goal 97 percent of the time.

In Milwaukee kids are being adopted more quickly. The system more than doubled the percentage of adoptions finalized within two years of children entering foster care, from only 14 percent in 2003 to 37 percent this year.

Tennessee is continuing to meet standards for placement stability. During 2013, 93 percent of children in foster care had two or fewer placements within the previous 12 months.

Read additional articles in Notes from the Field, the Children’s Rights Newsletter:
www.childrensrights.org/publication/notes-from-the-field-fall-2014/